Highlighted Current Projects
Giving Youth a Voice through Photovoice
Photovoice is a participatory action research method that engages youth through interactive photography and focus group sessions. Spring 2019, I partnered with my colleagues in the School of Social work on a Multidiciplinary Research project funded by Wichita State University. Together, we conducted a Photovoice study to examine how an alternative education program for expelled students works and helps students with academic and behavioral outcomes. We organized a Photovoice exhibit last May at the Rhatigan Student Center for stakeholders, community members, and the students involved in the project. The full exhibit guide can be found here. Students' chosen photos were coupled with compiled narratives from the focus groups. My colleagues and I are currently preparing the results in manuscript format for submission.
The Impacts of Incarceration on Families
As the world leader in incarceration, the U.S. faces collateral consequences that extend onto families and communities. I am currently working on a qualitative project with my colleagues that examines incarcerated persons and their family members' perceptions of visitation. Such research is important little is known about visitation procedures and how they are perceived by those directly impacted. I plan to pursue additional research in this area in the future as well.